It is very tempting to sleep in on weekends. But this can create unseen long term affects in the body. Many blogs dictate on how much sleep and when to sleep. But we shouldn’t necessarily follow them. Each of our body have an internal clock set up that is tuned to do certain functions at a certain time.
We should maintain a synchronicity when we sleep and when we wake up. It helps us keep our body and indirectly help our bodies perform daily functions.
1. Circadian clock
Our body is set in a certain way and processes certain functions at a certain time. Our hormones and enzymes are programmed to follow a certain pattern at a certain time. If we change our sleeping pattern, our bodies get confused to perform which function.
2. Bodily functions
Our body builds up big major proteins and other molecules like cholesterol in the night. These are mainly used during the day. Basically the body prepares the body to function in the morning. If we push back our sleeping time, the body doesn’t have time to build up the energy needed. This leaves a person feeling “social jet-lag”. It is accompanied with fatigue, nauseous, and an irritable mood.
One of the major hits are to the immune systems. Every person’s immune system recharges at a certain time. Some of them rejuvenate during the night. Pushing back sleep time could affect the rhythm of functions as well as physical and mental health.
3. Sleep time
There are many articles advising us on how to sleep and when to sleep. But the truth is each person’s sleeping patterns differ from others. These variations are due to the difference in the internal clocks set up in our body. The best solution is to maintain a synchronicity of sleeping and waking at the same time. This varies as some people sleep late and others early. This synchronicity is very individual and the body can adapt 30 to 40 minutes change. But this change also depends on the age. Younger people recover faster then older aged people.
4. Duration of sleep
A single individual’s average sleep time itself changes. Thus, it is not necessary to follow blogs written on how much shut-eye is needed. Average is usually six to eight hours of sleep for long sleepers too.